OSHA requirements are set by statute, standards and regulations. Our interpretation letters explain these requirements and how they apply to particular circumstances, but they cannot create additional employer obligations. This letter constitutes OSHA's interpretation of the requirements discussed. Note that our enforcement guidance may be affected by changes to OSHA rules. Also, from time to time we update our guidance in response to new information. To keep apprised of such developments, you can consult OSHA's website at https://www.osha.gov.

March 26, 1976

Mr. Robert T. Loughlin
Service Manager
L. B. Smith, Inc.
Upstate New York
5985 Court Street Road
P. O. Box 65
Eastwood Station
Syracuse, New York 13206

Dear Mr. Loughlin:

This is in response to your letter requesting clarification on OSHA requirements for hoist cables on cranes.

OSHA Standard 1910.179(h)(2)(i) on page 23700 of the Federal Register dated June 27, 1974 Volume 39 #125 specifies that hoist cables shall meet the crane manufacturer's specifications. Further, 1910.179(h)(2)(viii) requires that all replacement cables be the same size, grade and construction as the original cable. The Standard in no way specifies cable size, strength or type because of the many variables that must be considered.

We have under separate cover several OSHA brochures including the above noted Federal Register.


Alfred Barden
Regional Administrator
Occupational Safety and Health